On April 3, 2008 Zack Snyder updated the official Watchmen movie production blog with a link and the simple comment “Thought you might find this interesting...”
That link pointed to the blog of official Watchmen “Stills Photographer” Clay Enos who did have some interesting things to say about his Watchmen experience. Here are the highlights of Clay’s blog.
Yes, like everyone who has been involved in the making of the film adaptation, he had high praise for everyone’s hard work and devotion.
The first thing you realize when you are new to the movie business is that there is a tremendous amount of effort going into every single thing that will be filmed. Props, costume, art direction, set decorating, lighting, the list is almost endless. It's work done by people whose talent runs deep, who's excitement is worn on their sleeve and in the case of Watchmen couldn't be more passionate.
He went on to discuss Jimmy Chow, head of the Watchmen props department, and how impressed he was with Chow’s level of effort during the production process.
He and his gang spent dizzying amounts of time and effort on every single thing they touched. To hear him tell the story of the blood splotch on the Comedian's pin is a remarkable tale of experience melded with artfulness. One day he gave me a little tour of his props truck and I was forever changed. I couldn't believe the attention to detail that was being brought to his craft. It was just mind-numbing. During that tour he said something that I hope comes true. He said, "I really think we're making the Blade Runner of the 21st century." I nodded with a new sense of clarity and hopefulness.
But Enos apparently worked as hard as anyone else during filming taking approximately 44,000 photos during his tenure on the set, most of which are still under lock and key due to the dreaded WB embargo on all information and images attached to the Watchmen movie.
Enos also commented on the reactions to his recently released costume photos and spouted some venom in the direction of “a handful of fanboys” who didn't like his choice to add a grungy stylized treatment to each of the photos.
To be honest, it's all a little funny to see the over-analysis of my decision unfold in comment threads. So to all the critics, let's make one thing perfectly clear. I just added some crap to the images to give them something in common. I took the shots over the course of months. Some are more set up, others more casual, others straight from the action.
I'm guessing that Enos might have read some posts in this thread right here on this site. In fact, in that very thread I tried to explain to some of the more sensitive fans more or less what Enos was saying — that these are early production photos were “simply intended to wet appetites” and not frames from the final film. It was difficult convincing some that the images were desaturated for effect and not a true representation of the colors of the actual costumes.
In fact some fans noticed a close parallel between these stylized images and how Snyder’s previous film 300 looked and were terrified that the look of Watchmen would be the same. Some others posited that maybe Snyder intentionally released these stylized photos to cause fan unrest and drum up buzz about the upcoming movie.
It's not a Zack Snyder conspiracy. It's not an insult to Dave Gibbons (who is a fantastic guy btw) and it's most certainly not what the movie is going to look like. They're still photos for goodness sake.
Hopefully as the days unfold, and the embargo lifts, we will get to see more of Enos’ incredible production photos as well as read more about his experiences on his blog. And in case you were wondering — Enos was also responsible for the fantastic images of the New York City backlot that were released back in November 2007.
4.4.08 Source: Make Pictures
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